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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) healthcare occupations and industries are projected to add the most new jobs between now and 2022 . They project that healthcare jobs will increase to 15.6 million or by 10.8 percent over the next 8 to 10 years. These projections do not take into account the many additional healthcare providers that the Veterans Administration must hire under the new VA Health Care Overall legislation that was passed by Congress and signed by the President.

This new law budgets $16.3 billion to improve veteran's care which requires the VA to hire thousands of healthcare specialists including doctors, nurses and other health professionals. The VA has a thousand staffed facilities and more offices will be leased under this new law to better serve our veterans. 

Many agencies hire healthcare specialists and professionals. We include government and private sector healthcare vacancies in our consolidated healthcare job listings. This provides job seekers the broadest possible pool of job options to choose from. You can compare salaries, location, and benefits between the private and government sectors and seek out jobs that are best suited to your needs. All federal jobs are advertised through comprehensive job announcements. Read them thoroughly before applying to ensure you submit all required documentation including a federal resume which differs considerably from a short private sector resume.

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Description Occupational Outlook Summary Medium Salary
Athletic Trainers and Exercise Physiologists Athletic trainers work with patients to prevent, diagnose, and treat bone and muscle injuries and illnesses. They typically offer tailored fitness and exercise programs to help patients recover from diseases and to improve their cardiovascular functions, flexibility, and body composition. OOH Summary $42,690.
Audiologists Audiologists treat and diagnose patient’s hearing problems and balance issues. They use advanced technology, sound booths, and procedures to test hearing deficiencies and to recommend hearing assistant devices such as hearing aids and devices such as TV streamers and remote microphones. OOH Summary $69,720.
Chiropractors Chiropractors treat neuromusculoskeletal system problems of patient's muscle, ligaments, tendons, and bone issues. Spinal adjustments and manipulations are used and other techniques, to relieve patient's back and neck pain. OOH Summary $66,160.
Dental Assistants Dental assistants have many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work. OOH Summary $34,500
Dental Hygienists Dental assistants have many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work. OOH Summary $70,210
Dentists Dentists diagnose and treat problems with a patient’s teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health. OOH Summary $149,310
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, and diagnostic medical sonographers operate sophisticated imaging equipment to create images and to conduct tests. Physicians use these test results to diagnose and assess medical conditions. OOH Summary $60,350
* Cardiovascular Technologists      
* Vascular Technologist      
Dietitians and Nutritionists Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal. OOH Summary $55,240
EMTs and Paramedics Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) care for the injured and sick during emergencies. The lives of people frequently depend on their care and quick reactions. EMTs and paramedics must respond to emergency calls and perform medical treatment and transport patients to hospitals and medical facilities. OOH Summary $31,020
Home Health Aides Home health aides assist the chronically ill, disabled, or cognitively impaired. They also assist older adults who need assistance. Some states permit home health aides to give a patient medication or check vital signs under the direction of other healthcare practitioner. OOH Summary $20,820
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses A licensed practical nurse (LPN) and licensed vocational nurse (LVN) offer and provide basic nursing care. Registered nurses and doctors direct their work. OOH Summary $41,540
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians Medical laboratory technologists (often referred to as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians perform tests and collect samples to analyze tissue, body fluids, and other substances. OOH Summary $47,820
Medical Assistants Administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, chiropractors, podiatrists, and other health practitioners are completed by medical assistants. Their duties vary with the size of practice, location, and specialty. OOH Summary $29,370
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians Health information and medical records technicians, often referred to as health information technicians, manage and organize health information data. They ensure its accuracy, quality, accessibility, and security in all formats. They categorize and code patient information for insurance purposes and maintain patients’ records. OOH Summary $34,160
Medical Transcriptionists Medical transcriptionists transcribe physician's and other healthcare professionals voice recordings converting them into written reports. They edit and review medical documents from speech recognition technology. Transcriptionists interpret terminology in preparing patients’ medical histories and other documents. OOH Summary $34,020
Nuclear Medicine Technologists Nuclear medicine technologists create scanned images of areas of a patient’s body. They administer and prepare radioactive drugs for patients undergoing the scans. The radioactive drugs are used to highlight abnormal areas of the body that appear differently from normal areas in scanned images. OOH Summary $70,180
Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) including nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives, coordinate patient care and provide primary and specialty health care. The complexity of tasks they can perform varies from state to state. OOH Summary $96,460
Nursing Assistants and Orderlies Basic patient hospital care and residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes is provided by nursing assistants and orderlies. OOH Summary $24,400
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists Occupational health and safety specialists analyze work procedures and environments. Specialists inspect workplaces to ensure compliance with federal and local safety, health, and the environmental regulations. They evaluate and design programs intended to prevent environmental damage and disease or injury to workers. OOH Summary $66,790
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians These technicians collect data on workplace safety and health conditions. Occupational safety and health technicians work in conjunction with occupational health and safety specialists to conduct tests and measure workplace hazards preventing harm to workers, the environment, property, and the general public. OOH Summary $47,440
Occupational Therapists Occupational therapists treat injured, disabled or ill patients to therapeutically perform everyday activities. They help  patients recover, develop, and improve needed skills for working and daily living. OOH Summary $75,400
Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides Assistants and aides help patients develop, improve, and recover skills required for daily activates and for working. They provide therapy to patients, while occupational therapy aides perform support activities. Both work under the direction of an occupational therapist. OOH Summary $48,940
Opticians, Dispensing These specialists fit contact lenses and eyeglasses, following ophthalmologists and optometrists prescriptions. They also help customers select which contact lenses and eyeglass frames to buy. OOH Summary $33,330
Optometrists Optometrists examine the patient's eyes and other visual system parts. They diagnose and treat visual problems, manage injuries, diseases, and other eye disorders. They prescribe contacts or eyeglasses as required. OOH Summary $97,820
Orthotists and Prosthetists This group, often referred to as O&P professionals, design medically necessary supportive devices, measure and fit then for patients. Devices range from artificial limbs (legs, hands, arms, and feet), braces for various parts of the body, and other medical or surgical devices. OOH Summary $62,670
Personal Care Aides To keep the cost of health care manageable this field is growing dramatically. They assist clients with everyday tasks and with self-care and everyday tasks. They also provide companionship and allow the patient to stay in a home environment. OOH Summary $19,910
Pharmacists Pharmacists dispense medications to patients that are prescribes by a physician and they offer expertise in the safe use of prescription drugs. They can also provide advice on leading a healthy lifestyle, conduct wellness and health screenings, administer immunizations, and oversee the medications given to patients. OOH Summary $116,670
Pharmacy Technicians Pharmacy technicians assist licensed pharmacists to dispense prescription medication to health professionals and customers. OOH Summary $29,320
Phlebotomists Phlebotomists draw blood for patient tests, perform transfusions, complete research, or manage blood donations. Some may explain the blood taking procedures to their patients and they may provide assistance when adverse reactions are observed after blood is drawn. OOH Summary $29,730
Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides Physical therapist assistants (referred to as PTAs in some circles) and PT aides work under the supervision and direction of physical therapists. They assist patients that are recovering from illnesses and injuries to regain movement and manage pain. OOH Summary $39,430
Physical Therapists Physical therapists, often referred to as PTs, assist ill or injured patients to improve their movement and manage pain. These therapists are an integral part of treatment and rehabilitation of patients with chronic injuries or conditions. OOH Summary $79,860
Physician Assistants This specialty is one of the keys to the Affordable Care Act. Millions of uninsured are entering the health care system and physician assistants, also known as PAs, will be in demand. They practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons on a team, examine, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and treat patients. OOH Summary $90,930
Physicians and Surgeons Physicians and surgeons treat and diagnose illnesses or injuries. Physicians examine patients; prescribe medications; take medical histories; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on hygiene, diet, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons treat injuries by operating on patients, such as setting broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and other deformities. OOH Summary $187,200
Podiatrists Podiatrists treat foot, ankle, and lower leg problems for patients with problems . They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and perform surgery in the lower extremities. OOH Summary $116,440
Psychiatric Technicians and Aides Psychiatric technicians and aides provide care for people who have developmental disabilities and mental illness. Technicians provide therapeutic care typically. Aides assist patients with daily activities to ensure a safe and clean environment. OOH Summary $27,440
Radiation Therapists Radiation therapists administer radiation treatments to treat cancer and other patient diseases. OOH Summary $77,560
Radiologic and MRI Technologists Radiologic technologists take x rays for patient diagnostic imaging examinations. MRI technologists create diagnostic images using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. OOH Summary $55,910
Recreational Therapists Recreational therapists assist people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses through planning, directing, and coordinating recreation-based treatment programs. They use arts and crafts, music, drama, sports, dance, games, and field trips to maintain or improve a patient’s social, physical, and emotional well-being. OOH Summary $42,280
Registered Nurses RNs coordinate and provide patient care, educate the public and patients about health conditions, and provide patients and their families emotional support and advice. OOH Summary $65,470
Respiratory Therapists Respiratory therapists treat patients with breathing problems often from chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema. They treat premature infants with lung problems to the elderly who have lung diseases. They also provide emergency care for heart attack victims, drowning, or need treatment for shock. OOH Summary $55,870
Speech-Language Pathologists Speech therapists assess, diagnose, treat, and work to prevent patient communication and swallowing disorders. Language, speech, and swallowing disorders result from many causes, including stroke, hearing loss, brain injury,  developmental delay, cerebral palsy, a cleft palate or emotional problems. OOH Summary $69,870
Surgical Technologists Surgical technologists are frequently called operating room technicians, and they assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange the equipment, and help doctors during surgeries. OOH Summary $41,790
Veterinarians Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals. OOH Summary $84,460
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers look after animals in laboratories, animal hospitals, and clinics. They care for the well-being of animals by performing routine tasks under the supervision of veterinarians, scientists, and veterinary technologists and technicians. OOH Summary $23,130
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Veterinary technologists and technicians perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to help diagnose the illnesses and injuries of animals. OOH Summary $30,290

Detailed career information available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition. Links to their career information (OOH Summary) is provided with each of the above listings. 

 

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